President Donald Trump’s call for Cuba to extradite convicted New Jersey cop killer Joanne Chesimard came after he and members of his administration had conversations with Gov. Chris Christie and U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez.Trump drew bipartisan praise from the Garden State when he singled out Chesimard on Friday during his speech rolling back former President Barack Obama’s Cuba policy.“To the Cuban government, I say: Put an end to the abuse of dissidents,” Trump said in Miami. “Release the political prisoners. Stop jailing innocent people. Open yourselves to political and economic freedoms. Return the fugitives from American justice — including the return of the cop-killer Joanne Chesimard.”
Chesimard, who is on FBI’s list of the most wanted terrorists, now goes by the name Assata Olugbala Shakur. She has lived in Cuba since 1984 after escaping from prison. The Black Liberation Army member had been sentenced to life imprisonment after being convicted in the killing of state Police Trooper Werner Foerster in a shootout on the New Jersey Turnpike in 1973.The FBI and the Office of the New Jersey State Attorney General have offered a combined $2 million for information leading to her arrest.
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